Hot off the press, thanks to the wom-po list, here are this year's National Book Critics Circle Award nominations in poetry:
Eighty-one year-old W.D. Snodgrass, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards, was a poetry finalist for Not for Specialists. Fellow nominees included Daisy Fried's My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, Frederick Seidel's Ooga-Booga, the late Miltos Sachtouris' Poems 1945-1971 and Troy Jollimore's Tom Thomson in Purgatory.
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A good day today: brunch at the Runcible Spoon (including their famous pancake the size of Julie Dill's head) with a friend, and poetry talk; lots of sunshine before tomorrow's predicted heavy (for these parts) snow; time spent in a comfy chair beside a window in the public library; puttering about with a chapbook manuscript, tweaking poems and writing a new one specifically for this sequence; getting ready to work on some submissions; snoring cats and good books all around me. There is much, always, to look forward to.